That's a pendulum that swings both ways. I"ll admit, I am not a lawyer, nor a legislator, nor a law enforcement representative, so I may not be hip on all of the wranglings of the law. However, I am a technical professional. If I were to tell them that they don't know or understand dick about technology (which, less face it, does seem likely at times), they'd take umbrage to such a statement.
Oh, come on now, Trevor. Did you not read the Techdirt article about how the administration loves redefining words? In that context, I'd say that "reforming" those policies is EXACTLY what Holder's been doing.
I think the greater utility of an exercise like this, both in its planning and execution, is highly underrated. One of the (many) non-political reasons we've had problems with terrorism in the past is that the opposition is like nothing we're used to dealing with. No uniforms, no nations, different structurally than an opposing country's army. Things like this force planners to think outside the box and be creative with solutions. Even if the need for those solutions never materialize, the ideas gleaned from a zombie-outbreak contingency can be used in many different response scenarios.
Of course, one could also argue that a retweet of that nature would violate copyright legislation as well (fair use not withstanding), while we're talking about a nation of prosecutors willing to pile on charges ad infinitum.
Of course, what does it say about the security of the most powerful intelligence gathering organization in the world (citation needed, smirk) that they not only allowed it to happen, but they gave them access to printers ON THEIR OWN MACHINES!!!
Hollywood seems to like to throw around a lot of acronyms these days. Lets lay a few of their component parts all out and examine them, shall we?
HOMELAND SECURITY IMMIGRATION CUSTOMS
Somebody please explain to me how domestic pursuit of what should be purely civil (as opposed to criminal) matters falls under the purview of any of these?
Somebody needs to go back over and re-read their own mission statements again.
Also, I imagine that some higher up at AMC is not happy about this knee-jerk overreaction being associated with their theatre chain. Their lives are already being made tougher by other more convenient and legal movie distribution channels like DVDs and streaming. Going to the cinema used to be a big deal. Now they have to sell $7 soda and $10 popcorn just to make up for the shortage of butts in the seats (anybody who thinks that a movie theatre makes its money from ticket sales should do a little reading).
I know it's bare tangentially related to this, but I just noticed a detail related to the Lightspeed v. Smith case before the Hon. G. Patrick Murphy in Minnesota that I hadn't seen before. It's a story about how, earlier this year, one of the process servers employed by Steele (http://fightcopyrighttrolls.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/61-12.pdf), a probation officer named James Fogerty, had been charged and plead not guilty to selling cocaine to a couple of Minnesota judges, one of whom died from it (http://www.sj-r.com/breaking/x1039449023/Investigator-Man-admits-selling-cocaine-to-two-judges). I'm sure there are those more creative than I that could devise a plethora of conspiracy theories involving this, but it's just far too early in the morning for me. More than anything, I think it speaks to the kinds of people that Steele et al. like to surround themselves with.